Cinque Terre Haikus

I just finished destroying my old knees on the trails between the towns of the Cinque Terre. Here are some haikus I wrote today, one an ode to my aging limbs. After 5 days of hiking along these trails cut into the mountainside along the rugged coasts of the Italian Riviera, I’m ready for some flat land.

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twisted trails climb high
pastel towns bake in the sun
an old knee broken

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wine glasses glow gold
sunset on surf-crashed beaches
red fills the night sky

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stone church facing east
texting teens send pix to friends
icons of themselves

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Edit: Rick Steves and other writers, as well as some respected tour guides, suggest only 2 or 3 days for the Cinque Terre.  I vacationed 5 days here (admittedly leisurely), but it really took its toll on my knees.  Nor was I alone.  I saw young people struggling badly on some of the steeper sections.  True, they were overweight young people, but nevertheless, I would caution against anyone who isn’t extremely fit trying to enjoy this scenery in such a short time, unless you forego the hiking between towns completely and simply take a train or boat between the cities.  If you plan to hike, are quite physically fit, and like to take time to smell the roses, take 5 to 7 days.  It’s worth it.

 

 

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